Randle Nettles

Randle Nettles (Oktibbeha County)

State House: 1870-1873

Born: October 1836 in Mississippi

Appointed major in the Oktibbeha County militia in 1873 and served on the board of supervisors from 1870-1872. In his Historical Sketches of Oktibbeha County, Thomas Battle Carroll mentions that Nettles was a Baptist preacher.

Nettles is listed on the 1870-1920 census in Oktibbeha County with wife Leanna and no children. He was a farmer.

“The governor appointed a black man named Randle Nettles to be one of the county election commissioners. The Greenback and Republican executive committees produced evidence that Nettles had in fact supported the Democratic ticket during the last three election campaigns, but the governor refused to reconsider his appointment.”
(Stephen Cresswell, Multiparty Politics in Mississippi, 1877-1902, 1995)

Clarion-Ledger, October 2, 1873
The Crisis, September 30, 1881